Sunday, October 11, 2009

German American Partnership Program (GAPP)

This is the 10th Anniversary of the German American Partnership Program and the 6th group of German students to travel to Yakima for a month long exchange.  The students traveled from the small town of Gustrow, located in East Germany and arrived in Yakima September 1st.

Rick Beck, the West Valley School District German Teacher is the coordinator of the Local German American Partnership Program.  West Valley is the only local school district currently involved with the GAPP program and has sent about 80 students to Germany for the exchange over the past 10 years.  With lots of hard work and coordinating by Rick Beck and others, the students were able to visit places of interest in Washington.  Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, CWU, YVCC, Yakima Valley Museum and a trip to Seattle.  Seattle was fun, visiting the Space Needle, Museum of Flight, attending a Mariners game and shopping.

The 12 German students attended classes at West Valley High School and visited other schools throughout the Yakima Valley during their month long stay.

Next June 2010, a group of West Valley students have the opportunity to visit Germany for a month long stay.  Watch for fundraisers to help support these students who have the desire to visit Germany.  I believe this is a great learning experience for students.

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